New Leeds Rhinos signing Mitch Achurch admits he almost quit rugby league

Last Updated: 28/09/12 11:01am

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Mitch Achurch: Relishing the challenge of playing for Leeds (Picture: Penrith Panthers website)

Mitch Achurch: Relishing the challenge of playing for Leeds (Picture: Penrith Panthers website)

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New Leeds Rhinos signing Mitch Achurch has admitted he almost quit rugby league 12 months ago.

The 24-year-old Penrith Panthers forward has signed a four-year contract with the defending Super League champions after his potential was spotted by former Leeds favourite Matt Adamson.

Achurch, who has a British passport because his mother was born in London, is in England on a two-week reconnaissance to sort out accommodation before returning for pre-season training in November.

He will be a spectator at the Rhinos' Super League play-off semi-final at Wigan on Friday, which is being screened live on Sky Sports 2 HD at 8pm.

The 6st 5in, 18st Achurch, who has also played for North Queensland Cowboys, told the Rhinos' official website: "My career has taken off in the last 12 months.

"A year ago I was thinking about quitting the game. Playing footy wasn't paying the bills and I was living at home with my mum and dad.

"My dad runs a family sign-making business and I told him that I wanted to give it up and work with him.

"My family persuaded me to keep trying and I got a chance with Penrith, then got to play first grade and then Leeds got in touch."

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